Manipulated by Pixels on a Screen

Got tired of looking at that hole in the middle of those “medals”. Not that it represents anything that can be converted to something of value, they’re just pixels on a screen. But as an old bicycle road race teammate used to say about criterium primes: “Hell, we’d sprint for a bag of rocks”. I have sprinted for a pair of socks that I could have just purchased myself for $7 (I don’t think I ever actually won any socks, though), so here we are. Regardless, one 20 mile run takes care of that for the day. And I’ve apparently...Read more
Eugene Virtual Half Marathon

Eugene Virtual Half Marathon

Well, that’s a wrap for this year. Actually, it’s been a wrap for a week, I’m just slow to report. First, the medal haul: The race is sponsored by Krusteaz, makers of fine pancake mix. So if one runs the 5K on one day, and the half marathon (or marathon, if that’s your thing) then next, you get the “double stack” medal…’cuz pancakes, get it? Speaking of pancakes, in a normal year one could race a person in a flapjack outfit. If you beat the flapjack (there’s a flapjill for the ladies to beat), you win a year’s supply of...Read more
Eugene Virtual 5K

Eugene Virtual 5K

Very few live races at the moment, so I figured I’d do the virtual Eugene (Oregon) 5K and half marathon. I’ve run the marathon down there in the past, and it’s a really nice race. And it give me something to do. As I’m doing the Double Stack Challenge (brought to you by Krusteaz pancake mix, get it?), tomorrow is the half marathon. I was pretty sure my sub-3:00 marathon days were over, and this just confirms it: can’t run sub-3:00 if I can’t even run that pace for 5 kilometers. On the other hand, I went from death’s doorstep...Read more

Boston Marathon, Here I Come

Of course, not really. First, the marathon has been delayed this year until September. Second, have you not been reading? I’m in no marathon shape, and won’t be for a while. But, now that I’ve been medically cleared to be an idiot, I’ve not been slacking. The running ain’t much, but check out that yoga log. Because, man, sitting yer arse doesn’t do much for flexibility, either. All in preparation for…well, not in preparation for much of anything, really, other than it’s enjoyable and it prepares me to not be fat and winded. And with all the sitting around, I...Read more